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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Open for Business!

So, as I mentioned in the last post, I have been very busy working on my Etsy shop.  And….it’s now ready and open!  I still have some more pieces to make and list, but I finally have what I think is enough to open.

The name of the shop is Agape Handmade.  For those who are wondering what the crap “Agape” (ah-GAH-peh) means, it is Greek for unconditional love.  I actually have it tattooed on my foot, as a constant reminder of the love Jesus had for us to die on the cross for us.  Anyway, I decided to use that as the name for my shop because I hope to use this shop as a way to share something I love with others and hopefully I can use the earnings in a helpful way, in addition to helping with newlywed expenses.  I also just thought the name sounded cool. ; )

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The pieces in the shop are a mixture of different colors and beads, along with some origami pieces.  I have just recently had a slight infatuation with origami things.  I also find that sitting and focusing on folding the paper into different shapes is strangely calming.

Well I hope you get the chance to check out my shop and find something you love.  It can be found here.

Have a great day!  : )

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Reunited in Memphis

So I’m just now getting around to blogging about my trip to Memphis.  Since I have been back, I’ve been crazy busy!  The one thing I’ve been working on that I’m most excited about is my Etsy shop!  I can’t wait to start selling some of the jewelry that I love making.  So stay tuned for the opening day!

I made a short, but much needed trip to Memphis a little over a week ago.  After enduring a week without air conditioning, I was ready to go and have a little adventure.  And the most exciting part of the trip was being reunited with one of my best friends, Ashley!  We became great friends in college and she has since gotten married and moved to Houston.  She also has a pretty awesome blog you should checkout.  Anyway, since we live so far apart, we decided to meet halfway in Memphis.


Memphis is not what I expected.  I thought the entire city would look like Beale Street.  Every other part of the city is pretty chill.  The people there were SO nice.  They were eager to help you find where you wanted to go and give you their best recommendations on where to get the best food.  I would definitely say my favorite meals came from Cockadoos, Local Gastropub, and the Blue Plate Cafe.  While all of my meals may not have been considered “Dietitian Friendly,” Ashley and I did share around 75% of the meals so I didn’t go too crazy.  ; )

 

 

Life Without Common Luxuries

So it has been a long time since I’ve blogged and I apologize for that.  I was unable to blog because I was without power for 8 DAYS.  In West Virginia, and surrounding states, there was a terrible wind storm about 2 weeks ago that struck out of nowhere.  We were all caught unprepared.  The state is only now close to moving out of a state of emergency.  At our house, not only were we without power, but we also did not have water because we have a cistern and the pump requires electricity.  And to top it all off, we were in a heat wave!  Needless to say, this was quite a trying week for everyone.

I would love to sit here and tell you about how I embraced this time as a chance to slow down and take a break from all our modern luxuries.  In a way I did because I had no choice, but I have to say this was very difficult for me to handle.  I wanted to read by blogs, search on Pinterest, and watch some TV.  After all, this was my first free week after I completed my internship.  Instead, I found myself moving trees in 95+ degree weather, lugging our porch gazebo off our roof, cleaning spoiled food out of the refrigerator, and sitting in my house dripping with sweat.  I did not wear makeup or do my hair for a week, not that I do that much to myself anyway.

However, amidst all the inconveniences and grumblings, I also was amazed by how a terrible situation could be used as a chance to show our loved ones we care.  My aunt and uncle opened up their half-lit home for us to shower.  Several friends and family offered up their homes or let us bum a few jugs of water.  In the evenings, I also found myself sitting on the front porch with all of my family members, either reading books, chatting, or playing Mancala.  While we were all suffering, we were also presented with several opportunities to spend time together which would normally consist of TV watching or surfing the Web.  While the storm certainly brought out some of the worst in us, we also shared some moments that I will remember for a long time.